Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The iconic Fountain provides the focal point to the eastern end of the Main Walk. This was designed by the respected silversmith David Mellor (1930-2009). It was completed in 1970 and is one of few twentieth-century insertions into the original 1846 landscape. The Fountain consists of seven large discs like giant water lily leaves, cast in bronze, and arranged on several levels. From the centre of each leaf, a column of water shoots up, recalling in shape the towering Giant Redwoods (Sequoidendron) that make the final pairings on the Main Walk. To strengthen this congregation of strong vertical elements, a stand of seven Incense Cedars (Calocedrus decurrens) are shooting up on the eastern slope behind the Fountain.
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Cambridge University Botanic Garden was established on its 40 acre site less than 1 mile from the City centre by Professor John Stevens Henslow and opened in 1846. Since its opening in 1846, Cambridge University Botanic Garden has been an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families and a refreshing oasis for all our visitors.

Henslow, who is perhaps now best remembered for inspiring his pupil Charles Darwin with a love of natural science, recognised the need to study plants in their own right. The plant collection today numbers over 8000 species including nine National Collections and the best arboretum in the region.

This heritage-listed Garden has been designed for both year-round interest and seasonal inspiration so, whenever you visit, you will find plants to intrigue and enchant. Today the Garden welcomes over 275,000 visitors each year.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

10 am - 6 pm April to September
10 am - 5 pm February, March and October
10 am - 4 pm November to January
(The Glasshouses close 1/2 hour before the Garden closing time)

Admission charges

Friend of CUBG: FREE
on production of a valid Friends’ Membership Card

Adult *: £6.00
Concession *: £5.50
Concession: over 65s and students with a recognised identification card

Children 0-16 inclusive: FREE
must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Student at Cambridge University: FREE
on production of a valid University Card

Essential Carer for Disabled Visitor: FREE
no admission charge is made for companions of disabled visitors without whose assistance the disabled visitor would be unable to gain access to the Garden

Standard Adult: £5.45
Standard Concession: £5.00
Concession: over 65s and students with a recognised identification card

Getting there

The Botanic Garden occupies a 40-acre site less than a mile south of Cambridge City Centre, bordered by Trumpington Road (A1309) to the west and Hills Road (A1307) to the east.

The Garden has two entrances:

* Brookside Gate is located at the corner of Trumpington Road and Bateman Street; and

* Station Road Gate is located behind the War Memorial at the junction of Hills Road and Station Road.

Both Gates are open daily.

Car / Park & Ride
If travelling by car, we advise you to use the Park & Ride services. The Trumpington Park & Ride (off J11, M11, open daily) delivers and collects near our Brookside entrance. The Babraham Park & Ride, near the Gog Magog Golf Course, stops at the train station, from where it is a short walk up Station Road to the Station Road Gate. Train

Cambridge Rail Station is a 4 to 5 minute walk from the Station Road Gate entrance to the Garden, along Station Road. If taking a taxi from the station to the Garden, the driver will likely drop you at the Brookside Gate due to the lack of parking/stopping nearby the Station Road Gate.

Additional info

The Café opens daily at 10am, closing 30 minutes before Garden closing. Plus the Café now offers free Wi-Fi – just collect the password from the counter with your coffee!

The Botanic Garden Shop at the Brookside Gate offers a wide selection of quality plants, books, stationery, silver jewellery, children’s toys and unique gifts for gardeners.

Electric scooters and manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge from both the Brookside Gate and the Station Road Gate. We only have a few scooters/wheelchairs, so to ensure availability for your visit we advise pre-booking in advance during Monday-Friday office hours (9am-1pm / 2-4.30pm) by telephone, or by email via Contact Form.

With a framework of mature trees and shrubs, this paradise of plants comprises diverse, superbly landscaped settings including: the Rock Garden, representing the alpine plants from the mountains of every continent; the Lake and Water Garden, teeming with bird life; tropical rainforest, the alpine house and seasonal displays in the Glasshouses; and the historic Systematic Beds, displaying 1600 hardy representatives of more than 80 families of flowering plants.

The Garden also boasts many important plant collections including lavenders, hardy geraniums, British native plants displayed on the Ecological Mound, and the finest collection of trees in the East of England.

The Garden looks wonderful all through the year. After discovering the remarkable use of berry, bark and foliage in the beautiful Winter Garden, you can warm up in the Glasshouses and travel from the tropics to the desert in search of cacti, carnivorous plants, orchids and the extraordinary Jade Vine, in glorious flower in March.

The Herbaceous Borders, Scented Garden and Dry Garden are colourful highlights of summer, but don't miss the jewelled carpet of spring bulbs and early alpines in the Woodland Garden and Rock Garden or the foliage fireworks of the Autumn Colour Garden. The Genetics Garden has been newly-planted to demonstrate how genetic variation gives rise to the plant diversity all around you.

Collection details

Natural Sciences

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Science on Sundays is a programme of informal, monthly drop-in plant science talks at Cambridge University Botanic Garden giving insights into plant science.

Science on Sundays

  • 20 May 2018 11-11:30am, 2-2:30pm
  • 17 June 2018 11-11:30am, 2-2:30pm
  • 15 July 2018 11-11:30am, 2-2:30pm
  • 19 August 2018 11-11:30am, 2-2:30pm

Science on Sundays is a programme of informal, monthly drop-
in plant science talks at Cambridge University Botanic Garden
which run for six months of the year, March - August. The 2018
series launches on Sunday 18th March during the Cambridge
University Science Festival

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Normal Garden admission required: £6.00/£5.50 gift aid ( £5.45/£5.00 concession).
Accompanied children 16 and under are admitted free of charge.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

First Saturday Family Fun

http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/educevents.htm

Take part in the Botanic Garden's creative family-friendly workshops on the first Saturday of every month.

How to obtain

For more details, email education@botanic.cam.ac.uk.

Getting there

The Botanic Garden occupies a 40-acre site less than a mile south of Cambridge City Centre, bordered by Trumpington Road (A1309) to the west and Hills Road (A1307) to the east.

The Garden has two entrances:

* Brookside Gate is located at the corner of Trumpington Road and Bateman Street; and

* Station Road Gate is located behind the War Memorial at the junction of Hills Road and Station Road.

Both Gates are open daily.

Car / Park & Ride
If travelling by car, we advise you to use the Park & Ride services. The Trumpington Park & Ride (off J11, M11, open daily) delivers and collects near our Brookside entrance. The Babraham Park & Ride, near the Gog Magog Golf Course, stops at the train station, from where it is a short walk up Station Road to the Station Road Gate. Train

Cambridge Rail Station is a 4 to 5 minute walk from the Station Road Gate entrance to the Garden, along Station Road. If taking a taxi from the station to the Garden, the driver will likely drop you at the Brookside Gate due to the lack of parking/stopping nearby the Station Road Gate.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
1 Brookside
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 1JE
England

Website

www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

E-mail

Enquiries

enquiries@botanic.cam.ac.uk

Education Office

education@botanic.cam.ac.uk

Telephone

Enquiries

01223 336265

Education Office

01223 748451

Fax

01223 336278

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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